Who is Tanaya Beatty?
Tanaya Beatty was born on 12 February 1991, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and is an actress, probably best known for her appearance in the film “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1”, in which she portrayed the character Rachel Black. Other notable programs she’s been a part of include “Arctic Air”, “True Justice”, and “Yellowstone”.
The Net Worth of Tanaya Beatty
As of mid-2020, Tanaya Beatty’s net worth is estimated to be over $1 million, earned through a successful career in acting in the profession since 2011.
She’s mostly worked on regular or recurring roles on television, coupled with a few feature film projects.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
Tanaya is of Nepalese descent through her father, while her mother is a member of the indigenous Awaetlatla group in Canada also known for being a part of Canada’s First Nations. While the circumstances surrounding her birth are unknown, she was adopted by a family of Italian descent. Throughout her youth, she traveled and lived in various locations in Canada, including Grand Forks, Nelson, and Midway.
Growing up, she developed an interest in the performing arts, though she didn’t immediately pursue it.
After matriculating from high school, she completed a social work program, likely taken due to her background, and then fully pursued acting as she enrolled at the private Vancouver Film School, known around the world for its focus on the performing arts, and one of the more prestigious acting schools in Canada. She completed the Essentials and Acting Program, and after graduating started pursuing professional acting endeavors, and unlike most actors, she was immediately able to get entry into Hollywood with the “Twilight” film series.
Beatty’s first professional project was being cast as Rachel Black in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1”, the first of a two-part adaptation based on the Stephenie Meyer novel “Breaking Dawn”, which is a part of “The Twilight Saga” series.
The films followed suit, and she became a part of the sequel to 2010’s “Eclipse”, playing the role of the older sister of Jacob Black, who featured in the entire film series. While the film was negatively received by critics, it was successful at the box office, particularly drawing in fans of the books.
The following year she made her mark on television, as she was cast as the character Jessica Finch in “True Justice”. The show stars Steven Seagal, and follows the story of him and his undercover police unit running operations in Seattle, Washington. Following that, she was cast in a regular role in the Canadian television series “Arctic Air”, which aired on CBC. She was a part of the show for its two-year run, but despite its popularity in the country, it was eventually cut due to government budget restrictions.
Continued Acting Career
Concurrently, Tanaya had a role in the independent film “Words and Pictures”, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film starred Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen, following the story of several teachers in university, two of whom eventually become romantically involved. Following her work there, she took a break from films as she focused more on regular roles on television, and had a recurring role in “Continuum”, which follows the story of terrorists and an undercover policewoman from the future, who travels into the past.
She also had a recurring role in the series “The 100”, which aired on the CW. The show starred Eliza Taylor, Thomas McDonnell, and Marie Avgeropoulos, telling the story of people living within a space habitat after a nuclear apocalypse leaves Earth desolated. She was only a part of the show during its first season, while the series is set to complete its run in 2020. In 2016, she made a return to film with the short “The Last Hunt”, which set her to look for more film projects, and in 2017 she worked on the film “Hostiles”.
While doing films, Beatty also found another regular role, as she was cast during the third season of the series “The Night Shift” playing the character Dr. Shannon Rivera.
The medical drama series aired on NBC, and tells the story of hospital staff working in the emergency room (ER) of the San Antonio Memorial Hospital. She worked on the series for a year, and concurrently also starred in the Canadian film “Hochelaga, Land of Souls”, alongside Gillies Renaud and Samian. The film tells the story of the history of Montreal, including its indigenous people, the explorers that first set foot in Canada, and the rebellion of 1837. The film won numerous Canadian Screen Awards, and was included as Canada’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards.
Her latest film project is “Through Black Spruce”, a film based on the novel of the same name written by Joseph Boyden, also starring Tantoo Cardinal and Brandon Oakes. It tells the story of a woman who becomes involved with a gang, leading her to search for her missing twin sister. She then appeared as a guest in the series “Yellowstone” as the character,Avery, later joining as a recurring character during its second season. The show stars Kevin Costner and Luke Grimes, following the conflicts of a ranch, land developers, and an Indian reservation. One of her latest projects is being cast in the miniseries “Lewis and Clark”, to portray the historical figure Sacagawea who helped during the Lewis and Clark Expedition. However, the film has had numerous production issues.
Tanaya Beatty is single and there have been no reports about any past or present romantic endeavors her way. In 2019, she became involved in a controversy with Dior, as she filmed an advertisement for the company alongside Johnny Depp, but which was controversial and was quickly taken down after it was posted, due to its apparently poor depiction of Native American women. She later spoke out, saying that she continued with filming in hopes of having the conversation be brought up of how the population generally perceive indigenous people. She didn’t blame Depp or Dior, saying that the company was intent on giving to and respecting indigenous culture, but didn’t think the message of their ad through.